Nissan Hardbody: The musical?

2013-03-22 14:08

When one thinks of a Nissan Hardbody, few of us would ponder "What a great bakkie. Someone should do a broadway musical about one".

Alas someone actually thought us and the Broadway stage show “Hands on a Hardbody” was born.

The musical is based on S.R. Binder's 1997 documentary about an endurance contest at an east Texas car dealership that offered a free bakkie to whoever could keep a hand on it the longest.


The creative team behind the musical has taken some liberties with the story but has been faithful to the vehicle, albeit an engine-less Nissan bakkie.

Weighing 635kg, the truck rests on 16 casters (read: tiny wheels) and the ten actors who play contestants whip the bakkie around using only elbow grease.

How do they do it?

The actors duck under each others arms, jump and dance on the spinning bakkie. They even make it the object of a tug-of-war and bring the house down in a "Stomp"-like song during which the actors knock out a beat on the chassis.

Check out the cast practising for the show here